Youth Livestock Program
The 4-H Youth Livestock Program is the largest animal science project area enabling youth to develop their interest in beef cattle, sheep, and swine in their 4-H projects. Youth learn about selection, care, and feeding of livestock, animal health, and importance of good record keeping. Emphasis for these projects continues to be focused on life skill development.
This program offers competitions such as livestock judging and stockmen's contests as well as livestock shows at the county, district, and state levels.
- Event Schedule
- Conventions/Other Events
- Record Books
Youth Poultry Federation Scholarships
Each year the Virginia Poultry Federation and the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech offer scholarships to assist with the academic careers of students demonstrating an interest in poultry and its related industries. Last year nearly $10,000 was awarded to current and incoming students with a poultry interest in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
We are looking forward to reviewing the applications of many more promising students to be considered for this year’s awards. Scholarships will be awarded by email, and recipients will be recognized at the Virginia Poultry Federation Youth Convention in Harrisonburg, VA and at the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences Banquet. Scholarship funds will be available for the 2018-2019 academic year. We hope you take the time to fill out and submit your application soon. Applications are due March 2, 2018.
A stockmen’s contest is a comprehensive test of livestock knowledge including identification classes of meats, feeds, equipment and breeds; evaluation classes of meats, hay, sheep, swine, and beef; a knowledge-based quiz; and an applied team problem.
- State Stockmen's Contest
- Block & Bridle Stockmen's Contest
- State Fair of Virginia Skill-a-thons
- Other Extension Sponsored Stockmen's Contests
- Skyline Stockmen's Contest
- Southwest Stockmen's Contest
Livestock judging contests consist of market and breeding animals, including beef, meat goats, sheep, and swine. Participants rank the animals in the classes, answer questions on chosen classes, and deliver sets of oral reasons from memory.
- State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest
- Block & Bridle Livestock Judging Contest
- Other Extension Sponsored Livestock Judging Contests
- Northern District Livestock Judging Contest
Meats judging contests consist of retail meat identification and judging of retail meat cuts and carcasses. Retail meat identification consists of identifying the species, primal cut, retail cut and cookery method. Judging requires the participants to rank the meat in the classes, answer questions on chosen classes, and deliver sets of oral reasons from memory.
- State 4-H & State FFA Meats Judging Contest (held in conjunction with the Block & Bridle Contests)
Youth Poultry Judging offers youth the ability to rank classes of production hens and market broilers, and give oral reasons from memory on one or two of the classes. They grade ready-to-cook broiler carcasses, turkey carcasses, candled eggs, broken-out eggs and exterior eggs. They are also asked to identify mixed broiler parts.
- State 4-H & State FFA Poultry Judging Contest (held in conjunction with the Youth Poultry Convention)
The youth cattle working contest develops youth skills in animal management and handling. Working as a team, youth efficiently process three stocker calves utilizing Beef Quality Assurance guidelines. Regional competitions are held in the spring throughout the state; the top teams from each region then compete at the State Youth Cattle Working Contest held in conjunction with the Junior Beef Roundup.
The Livestock Quiz Bowl is a competition that tests the knowledge youth possess regarding beef, sheep, swine, and meat goat topics. Teams compete in a single elimination format and use a buzzer to signify that they would like to attempt to answer a question. Oral answers are given to questions posed by a moderator. Each match has an individual, team and toss-up question round.
State Fair of Virginia
A culminating event for youth livestock projects, this event allows youth to exhibit their cattle, sheep, meat goats, and swine and compete in showmanship.
Junior Beef Roundup (Virginia Beef Expo)
The Junior Beef Roundup is held in conjunction with the Virginia Beef Expo. This event is typically held the third weekend in April and features a variety of contests and activities for youth in the Commonwealth. In addition to youth breed shows, commercial heifer, and prospect steer shows, the Junior Beef Roundup will host the State Stockmen's Contest, State Beef Ambassador Contest, and State Youth Cattle Working Contest.
- Glenwood Park Livestock Exposition
- Youth Sheep & Goat Syposium
Youth Judging/Stockmen’s Camps
Camps would be offered for youth interested in increasing their knowledge and ability in stockmen’s, meats, and livestock judging. The camps could be one or multiple day events and would offer small-group instruction for youth and coaches.
Livestock Judging Clinic
Livestock Judging Camp
Other Youth Educational Camps-Clinics
Camps and clinics would be offered for youth interested in increasing their knowledge within certain areas. These are extension sponsored events held throughout the state for various knowledge areas, such as showmanship, production, nutrition, etc.
Youth Meat Quality Assurance
The Youth Meat Quality Assurance Program is a program designed to teach youth the basics of animal husbandry and general management practices in raising a project animal. This program provides a foundation of animal management for youth of all ages. The mission of this youth meat quality assurance program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of the food products produced via youth livestock projects. Quality assurance for livestock producers means making a promise to the consumers, or the people who consume the products that come from livestock. The promise made is that products from livestock will be the highest possible quality and producers will do everything possible to make these products safe to eat.
Youth Poultry Convention
The Youth Poultry Convention offers both competition and education for those attending. Youth rank classes of production hens and give oral reasons from memory on one of the classes. They grade ready-to-cook broiler carcasses, turkey carcasses, candled eggs, broken-out eggs and exterior eggs. They are also asked to identify mixed broiler parts. The competitions are followed by fun and educational events including a youth poultry carnival for juniors and job shadowing and production tours for seniors. In 2016, youth educational tracks were available to all participants featuring a Live Production Track, Post-Production Track, Consumer Advocacy Track, and a Food Challenge Track. more>>
- Meat Goats
- Carcass Information
- Meats Judging
- Livestock Judging
- Stockmen's Contest
- Quiz Bowl
- 4-H Member Record Book - Novice
- 4-H Member Record Book - Experienced Junior
- 4-H Member Record Book - Experienced Senior
Beef Heifer Project
- Virginia 4-H Beef Heifer Project Junior Record Book
- Virginia 4-H Beef Heifer Project Senior Record Book
Market Beef Project
- Virginia 4-H Market Beef Project Junior Record Book
- Virginia 4-H Market Beef Project Senior Record Book
Market Goat Project
- Virginia 4-H Market Goat Project Junior Record Book
- Virginia 4-H Market Goat Project Senior Record Book
Market Hog Project
- Virginia 4-H Market Hog Project Junior Record Book
- Virginia 4-H Market Hog Project Senior Record Book
Market Lamb Project
- Virginia 4-H Market Lamb Project Junior Record Book
- Virginia 4-H Market Lamb Project Senior Record Book
Sheep Flock Project
Virginia 4-H Livestock Programs Endowment
The Virginia 4-H Foundation is spearheading the advancement of the Virginia 4-H Youth Livestock Programs Endowment. 4-H livestock programming is funded through a combination of private gifts, endowment income, gifts in kind, and participant fees.